Eyes on the future as the end of 2018 nears

Here we are again, the last edition of 2018 and for many people their minds will be on winding down and celebrating the Christmas holidays with the ones they love.

It is also a time to reflect on the achievements of 2018 and look to a bigger and better year in 2019.

One group that will definitely have their eyes on the future are the year 12 students of 2018, who received their results on Tuesday and are now planning their 2019 and beyond.

Congratulations to all year 12 students on their results, hopefully you have received the news you were hoping for.

A special congratulations as well to St Joseph's School student Nola Vitov (pictured) on her Merit Award, as well as local students Harriet Hyde from Port Lincoln and Shae-Lee Partington from Tumby Bay, both of whom are boarding in Adelaide.

Also of note is the results of students like Bec Pedler at Cummins Area School, who achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 98.5 before adjustments or bonus points, becoming Dux of her school.

Other Dux students are Abby Hodgkiss at Port Lincoln High School (94.55), Katia Butler at Tumby Bay Area School (95), Catherine Southam at St Joseph's School (96.25) and Madelyn Zacher at Navigator College (96.75).

Overall schools seem happy with the results from 2018, which shows the schools in the area are still doing a great job in preparing the local students for the future at hand.

Before the future of university/gap year/work in 2019, students and their families would be looking at the near future of celebrating the Christmas and New Year break, which could include some travel.

However, it is also of note to mention that to ensure everyone has a safe future in 2019, they should be careful on the roads if car travel is involved.

In this edition the Port Lincoln Times reported on two separate collisions between vehicles that happened in the one day in Port Lincoln.

Fortunately only minor injuries were the result of these, but on the highway, and at higher speeds the result could be so much worse.

So enjoy the Christmas break, have a happy new year but please, keep safe on the roads.

See you all in 2019.